Scholar, social activist, and pioneering feminist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz was Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Dunbar-Ortiz, who received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, is the author of "Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975," which was recently published in a revised edition with a new afterword by the author. "An Indigenous People's History of the United States," published in association with Howard Zinn, will be released this September.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, who is part Native-American, was born in San Antonio and grew up poor in rural Oklahoma. In 1968, she helped found the Women's Liberation Movement. Along with a small group of women in Boston, she was a publisher of the first women's liberation journal, "No More Fun and Games." Roxanne was an anti-war and anti-racist activist and organizer throughout the 1960s and early 1970s and a public speaker on issues of patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and racism. She worked in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade and worked with other revolutionaries across the spectrum of radical politics, including the Civil Rights Movement, Students for a Democratic Society, the Revolutionary Union, the African National Congress, and the American Indian Movement.
Dunbar-Ortiz is the author of five books, including "Outlaw Woman," the story of her odyssey from Oklahoma poverty to the urban New Left, which gives a working-class, feminist perspective on a time and a movement that forever changed American society. Howard Zinn wrote that "Outlaw Woman is the story, bold and honest, of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's extraordinary journey -- political, ideological, personal... She illuminates all those experiences with unsparing scrutiny and emrges with a fierce, admirable independence."
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 56:42.